MATLAB Examples

Pole-Zero Cancelation at the Command Line

To reduce the order of a model by pole-zero cancelation at the command line, use minreal.

Create a model of the following system, where C is a PI controller, and G has a zero at $3 \times 10^{-8}$ rad/s. Such a low-frequency zero can arise from derivative action somewhere in the plant dynamics. For example, the plant may include a component that computes speed from position measurements.

G = zpk(3e-8,[-1,-3],1);
C = pid(1,0.3);
T = feedback(G*C,1)
T =
    (s+0.3) (s-3e-08)
  s (s+4.218) (s+0.7824)
Continuous-time zero/pole/gain model.

In the closed-loop model T, the integrator $(1/s)$ from C very nearly cancels the low-frequency zero of G.

Force a cancelation of the integrator with the zero near the origin.

Tred = minreal(T,1e-7)
Tred =
  (s+4.218) (s+0.7824)
Continuous-time zero/pole/gain model.

By default, minreal reduces transfer function order by canceling exact pole-zero pairs or near pole-zero pairs within sqrt(eps). Specifying 1e-7 as the second input causes minreal to eliminate pole-zero pairs within $10^{-7}$ rad/s of each other.

The reduced model Tred includes all the dynamics of the original closed-loop model T, except for the near-canceling zero-pole pair.

Compare the frequency responses of the original and reduced systems.


Because the canceled pole and zero do not match exactly, some extreme low-frequency dynamics evident in the original model are missing from Tred. In many applications, you can neglect such extreme low-frequency dynamics. When you increase the matching tolerance of minreal, make sure that you do not eliminate dynamic features that are relevant to your application.